Announcing the winners of OL’s animation contest

Back in September, we asked young Canadians to tap into their creative sides, and boy, did they deliver! Operation Lifesaver Canada launched the “Get on Board with Rail Safety” animation contest as part of Rail Safety Week 2020.  We asked youth aged 13 to 18 to create a short (one-minute) animated video using hand-drawn, stop-motion, 2D or 3D animation. Each video had to emphasize one of five important rail safety messages.

We would like to thank all the creative young people who entered the contest. We definitely received some amazing animated shorts—and picking the winners wasn’t easy. But we’re pleased to announce them here. In the 16 to 18-year-old category the winners are:
  • 1st: Victoria-Mae, Sainte-Thérèse, QC
  • 2nd: William, Saguenay, QC

In the 13 to 15-year-old category, the winners are:
  • 1st: Raphaël, Lac-Etchemin, QC
  • 2nd: Andy (Xinyuan), Vancouver, BC
  • 3rd: Minahil, Regina, SK

Each of these creative young people will receive some great prizes. But they also learned something that might be more valuable: how to stay safe around tracks and trains.

Using a little creativity to spread the rail safety message

“Creating an animates short-film for this contest motivated me to express an important rail safety message while improving my art and animation skills,” says 18-year-old Victoria-Mae. “I learned that rail safety is our shared responsibility: we must pay attention to the surroundings, whether it’s the signs or the train sounds, and adapt our behaviour to them. We must also share these tips with those around us to help protect them.”

15-year-old Andy (Xinyuan) says that creating his one-minute video about wearing headphones near train tracks also opened his eyes to the risks surrounding railway crossings. “Before this, I wouldn’t even look when crossing,” he says. “Now, I don’t think I will ever cross a rail track without looking and listening.”

For 17-year-old William, the contest was the perfect opportunity to combine his love of animation and his love of trains. “I have loved trains since I was a kid and I dream of driving these big machines one day,” he explains. But he admits that he too learned something by participating in the contest: “That the majority of railway incidents are not the fault of trains, but the fault of reckless people who try to risk danger.”

The winner of the 13 to 15-year-old category, Raphaël, 15, says before entering the contest he had no idea that so many Canadians are killed on tracks each year. He hopes his video will teach young people an important rail safety message: “It’s necessary for everyone to respect crossing signals. It’s very important in order to save lives!”

You can find all the winning videos on our website. Please watch them and share them with the people you love.